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North Cotabato - "Lost and Found", a Sanctuary at the Foot of Mt. Apo


After visiting the hot and boiling Lake Agco, we continued wandering around Mt. Apo Natural Park. As we explore, our restless feet brought us to a place enveloped by sulfuric steam coming from the volcanic vents (see video below). We were just enjoying the stunning view of the cliff when a group of men passed by. They invited us to visit their place. Clueless as to what to see in their place, we went and followed them.


It took us an easy 10-minute walk to their place called "Lost and Found".


Easy trek to "Lost and Found"

Lost and Found Prayer Temple is a privately-owned prayer temple dedicated solely for the purpose of prayer and to provide a place of solitude for people seeking to be refreshed and united with God.


Welcome to "Lost and Found"


Crossing the bridge


Trekking

The place is really beautiful! It is surrounded by lush vegetation, tall tress and green surroundings. During our visit, they are still in the process of developing the place for visitors wanting to find peace and serenity. I guess by now, it is fully developed.


The temple


The place enveloped with steam


I really love it here!

From the prayer temple, we went down to the area which they are developing. It has nipa huts where visitors can stay for free. The view from here is truly amazing. The weather is cold and surrounded with lush tropical foliage.


Going down


Nipa hut for free


Lush tropical foliage


Glad to meet you po!

With this kind of place, you really feel inner peace with God and nature. At Lost and Found Prayer Temple, it doesn't matter what your religion is, whether you're christian, muslim or any other religion. You can go to their place and have time to unite with your creator.


Who doesn't want to wake up with this view?


Very peaceful!


Vents with steam coming out

This is a must-visit place when you go to Mt. Apo Natural Park. Lost and Found Prayer Temple really gives a feeling of peace. Something we really need now a days.


Thank you po!

After about an hour, we bid goodbye and thanked the owners for inviting us to their place. With Kuya Marvin again, we drove back to Kidapawan City proper. We arrived at the pension house around past noon and checked-out.


Lost and Found Prayer Temple is located at the foothill of Mount Apo, Lake Agco, Barangay Ilomavis, Kidapawan City. If you want to visit the place, you can reach them thru their Facebook Page at facebook.com/LostandFoundPrayerTemple or send them an email at lostandfoundpt@gmail.com.


Lost and Found

This is our very nice habal-habal driver, Kuya Marvin. You can find him at KOASA Terminal in Kidapawan City or you may call him at 0906-961-1114.


With Kuya Marvin

Note: North Cotabato is also known as Cotabato Province. For this blog, I used North Cotabato to differentiate it with Cobabato City.

HOW TO GET TO KIDAPAWAN CITY

Kidapawan can be reached by bus or van from Davao or Cotabato City. From Davao City's Ecoland Terminal, there are buses (Weena bus) bound for Kidapawan or to Cotabato City which passes by Kidapawan City. If you want to take the passenger vans, go to NCCC Mall or SM City Davao where you could find the vans bound for Kidapawan City. Estimated travel time from Davao City to Kidapawan is about 2 hours. Fare is around 150 pesos from Davao City.

If you are coming from General Santos City, take a bus to Davao City and drop off at Digos City Terminal and take a bus bound for Cotabato City, which will stop over at Kidapawan City.

HOW TO GET TO MT. APO NATURAL PARK

From Kidapawan City, take a habal-habal or single motorcycle at KOASA Terminal. Travel time is about 45 minutes, fare is around 100 pesos per head.


This trip to Kidapawan, North Cotabato happened on June 10-11, 2012 during my "6-day Davao Region + North Cotabato trip". North Cotabato is the 66th province on my list.

COMPOSTELA VALLEY
DAVAO ORIENTAL
NORTH COTABATO
DAVAO DEL SUR

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2 comments :

mountains-and-beyond said...

this brings me to the sulfuric vents of mt. apo..
great experience you've shared...
not sure if "lost and found" is included in our january climb plan.
thanks for the info :)

Geejay Gelogo said...

I hope I can visit this place. It's kind of intriguing and a bit creepy. lol hahaha

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